For a team that just had its lead sliced to one with plenty of soccer still to play, Fort Osage had the perfect tonic – a flash of Forbis.
Less than five minutes into the second half Monday, Raytown’s Zack Fizell scored from the left wing off an assist from Chidera Ude in the 45th minute, drawing the visiting Blue Jays within 2-1.
But Forbis struck in the 48th, deking a defender at the top of the 18-yard box before letting loose with a left-footed rocket past diving Raytown goalteder Mitchell Grabill.
That put the Indians back up by two, and they were on their way to a 4-1 Middle Suburban Seven victory, their sixth-straight win overall.
“I was setting him up,” Forbis said of that goal, his second of the game and 14th of the season through seven games.
“We have good defenders and strikers. I’m so proud of my teammates for the good job they’ve been doing, and I hope we can keep doing that.”
Forbis now has 90 goals in his high school career, leaving the senior midfielder five shy of the school record.
Freshman forward Keegan Lammering tacked on the final goal for Fort Osage (6-2, 2-0 conference) in the 70th minute, winning a long ball to the left corner before working back to the wing and striking.
The Indians’ first goal came exactly 11 minutes in, when Pier Cassiraghi got a pass over the top and his initial shot appeared to be stopped by Grabill but got deflected in by some closely trailing defenders. It was Cassiraghi’s ninth goal this season.
Forbis’ first goal came 10 minutes later, when he intercepted a pass in the Raytown backfield and weaved around several defenders before shooting.
Matt Summey had a handful of saves in goal for Fort Osage easily handling what other scoring chances the defense happened to yield.
“Give credit to Raytown; they played really well,” Fort Osage coach Andrew Fletcher said. “Every loose ball it seemed like they got to, so we weren’t able to keep the ball for an extended period of time.
“Even so, I thought we were able to create some chances, especially the first half. What I liked is that when it got 2-1, we came back and scored that quickly. Mentally we were into it.”
While his team’s play wasn’t as consistent as Fletcher would have preferred, he certainly wasn’t displeased.
“We won; we deserved to win,” he said, “but we can play better.”
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